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A 19-year-old male asked about a 23-year-old female:

Which is more fatal brain swelling or brain palsy? which can be cured to a good level if swelling is caused by viral encephalitis?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 51 years experience
Encephalitis: Brain swelling or edema is a situation in which inflammation, from infection causes brain tissue to swell. It is possible for the swelling to resolve but the course to normal can be very long due to the effect of the infection. Brain paosy refers to weakness or paralysis of the muscles due to an abnormality of brain function. Either can be fatal and either can resolve.
Dr. Elizabeth Trinidad
Neurosurgery 27 years experience
Either: Brain swelling can be fatal causing stroke when the swelling causes pressure that prevents blood from getting into areas of the brain palsy usually refers to loss of function. Encephalitis can cause both.

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Last updated Jan 6, 2015

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